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HON 1112: And Dignity for All: Home

Self-Portrait of an Artist

Detail of the self-portrait of Maria Ormani

Detail of the self-portrait of Maria Ormain degli Albizzi, 15th century nun & manuscript illuminator.
Image from Wikipedia.

Mid-Term Project

You will be selecting a work of art by a woman or non-binary artist that will be the inspiration for this project.  The project will manifest itself in three parts:

  1. You will be writing a 7-8 page research paper that will detail the history of the work and the artist, contextualizing that work historically and culturally.  Additionally, you will examine it with a contemporary critical eye, exploring the work through societal and ethical lenses.
  2. You will then create a 5-7 minute presentation utilizing visual aids, curating your paper and research into an engaging learning experience for your classmates.
  3. Finally, you will create a work of art inspired by your subject matter, interacting with the subject matter in a personal and investigative way.

Getting started with Library Resources

Make use of your library. It has a staff of nine professionals who acquire, organize, and make available to you quality resources for your academic work at college. Sometimes talking with a person who has 25 years experience in helping students with research is better than trying to figure it out alone. Google had been around 20 years. Libraries 4,000 years. We must be doing something right.

Subject encyclopedias provide you with background information written and edited by scholars. Bettery yet, let those scholars do some of the work for you. Check the bibliography at the end of the article for citations for books and journal articles the scholar used as sources for their articles. Now they can become your sources!

Selected Reference Books


eReference Collections

Consider these resources for an overview of American life, decade by decade.

If you are looking for the experiences of a particular group in American culture, such as women, African Americans, or LGBTQ, browse our collection of scholarly encyclopedias.

For a serendipitous experience, browse our digitized run of Life magazine. The ads are fascinating and might reveal more than the articles. The New York Times is our only paper with a complete run of issues going back over 100 years. The Illustrated London News is a weekly that would give a UK perspective to events.

And remember, if you are looking for coverage of a specific event, it doesn't show up in a newspaper on the day it happens ;).

Use ScholastiCAT to search for print books shelved in the College Library. The Acadeimc eBook Collection consisits of digitized print books and count as a "physical book."  We can borrow books from other libraries for you through Interlibrary Loan. If you are not familiar with ILL, stop by the library and ask and someone will show you the (fast &easy) process.

Use MnPals to request books from other libraries in the state of Minnesota. Allow a week for books to arrive. WorldCAT searches the entire US and the libraries of many other countries. Therefore it is may be possible to borrow a book you find here, and it may not. Once you locate a book in Worlcat, you will have to manually fill our a request form here.

Periodicals is generic term, but we often use if for what we commonly refer to as magazines & newspapers ... (aah, because they come out periodically). This will be your best bet for finding contemporary accounts of your artist or an event your artist was involved in.

Library databases will allow you to limit to either magazines or newspapers. If a database is strictly for newspapers, there is no need for this limiter.

Journals are an important form of scholarly communication. Most articles will be under copyright, which means you will probably not be able to access the full-text of an article through a search on Google. Academic libraries provide access to journal articles to students through databases.

After you have searched for your artist, look in either the right or left-hand column of the results page to limit to journal articles - common terms used for this are academic journal, peer-reviewed journal, of scholarly journal.

For older journal articles. May be useful depending on which artist you have selected.

Your Instructor

Sarah Brokke Erickson
Assistant Professor | Director of Art
Office: T4112 |  Phone: 218.723.6723
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